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It is a must in this country for your dog to be properly tagged and have identification on his/her collar at all times which is what we have for our dog Eddie. As far as I know its not a requirement for cats to have a collar with identification but we still have a collar for Whizz as I think its safer this way, especially if she goes missing. You can attach a little name tag to a collar and have your phone number on it or contact details so if your cat does goes missing and someone finds it they can contact you. At Pets at Home they have a cool machine where you get to pick your own little tag and can personalise it whilst the machine etches out the details in the metal. We have a bone for Eddie and just got a little circle disc for Whizz for her collar.
This cat collar from Trixie is cute looking and cute functional. We generally have a red one as Whizz is a girl although I think she would have liked any colour. They do come in a number of colours which is nice as it gives you some choice. The collar is material of a braided material and looks quite nice. What i like about it is that it fits around the neck nicely and does not look uncomfortable like a leather collar on a cat does. Also it does not rub like I'm sure a leather collar would too. I think leather collars look nicer and more stylish but with a cat I think its all about comfort. On the material there is a little design which features shilouettes of cats in white.
The collar is adjustable which is great. She has pretty much worn these collars since she was a kitten. We have gone through a few as I find if you have an outdoor cat they do get rather grubby and to me it is pointless to wash one, we just buy her a new one when it starts to get a bit tatty looking. They only cost about £2 so its not really expensive to do this. You just adjust it like you would a strap on a pushchair or backpack, and then this pretty much stays put in the position where you want it. I tend to make sure I can put two fingers in the collar so its not too tight for Whizz but tight enough that it stays on and does not annoy her. When she was a kitten and grew the collar was great because we could move the size with her but now it stays at the same size all the time as she is grown up.
To attach the collar you just clip each side into each other. This clip will stay put but if for example your cat does happen to catch themselves on something the collar will pull apart which is great as it means it will not strangle the cat. This obviously happened to Whizz once as I came home and her collar was hanging on my gate outside the house with no cat attached thank goodness so it obviously works.
The collar does have a bell attached but this is soooo annoying that we take it off. In the middle of the night when my cat is jumping on my bed I do not need to be woken up to the sound of a bell ringing!!
A good cat collar.
I have loads of different Trixie products for my cat. I think that they are a great brand and as the one who has to buy them I think they offer fantastic value for money as well.
My cat has a few collars even though he is mainly a house cat so the majority are for aesthetic purposes only. Trixie cat collars can be bought in a variety of colours for only £2.49.
I have both a red and a blue one and they are pretty much identical with the exception of the colours.
Instead of using holes to tighten the collar to fit these collars instead use a clip which can be adjusted for size. The thing that I like best about this clip is that it is a safety clip and if my cat gets trapped on something then the clip automatically snaps open and the collar falls off my cats neck.
I really like this safety feature as my cat is always getting into places he shouldn't but I do think it is perhaps a little sensitive as quite often when he is wearing the collar I will notice it has come off and I know he hasn't actually got trapped on anything. I can imagine that if you use one of these on an outdoor cat then you might be replacing it quite often when he comes home without it on his neck.
The design of the collars is great and they have a pattern of cats all along its length. It's really cute and the little white cats really stand out against the darker backdrop of the collar. It also has its own attached bell which does jingle constantly when my cat is moving and can become a tad annoying so I actually just removed the bells from my collars.
The collar must also be quite comfortable as my cat can be extremely fussy when it comes to collars but he allows these to go on his neck with no problems and doesn't spend the next two hours trying to remove them like he does with some other collars that I've bought for him.
For the money these collars really can't be beaten. There isn't a lot to them but they are cute ad functional and if only the safety clasp wasn't so sensitive then I would recommend them to all cat owners out there but because it is I would say they are probably only really suitable for indoor cats as outdoor ones are bound to lose them within 5 minutes of having them on.
Many people are very vocal about the fact that they don't believe that cats should wear collars, this is mainly because of the fact that cats can get their collars caught in branches or other obstacles when they jump and strangle themswelves. I have always made sure Simba wears a collar with a safety feature which means that if it gets caught then the collar will break open and fall off and the cat will remain unharmed. His latest collar is the Trixie collar which cost just £1.99 from Zooplus.co.uk.
The collar comes in a number of different colours, Simba's is black which is very manly (unlike him who is a huge sap) and he looks very handsome with the black collar contrasting against his ginger fur. I like the fact that the collar is so visible as it means that people can see at a glance that he has an owner and will hopefully refrain from feeding him or letting him move in with them.
The collar is easily adjustable and stays securely buckled, Simba is a scrawny little thing and it adjusts small enough to fit him snugly. The safety device works well, his collar has snapped off a number of times, once when he managed to somehow get his foot stuck inside it so I am happy that he is safe wearing it.
The other thing I like about the collar is that it has a bell attached to it. The metal loop keeping the bell in place is nice and sturdy so no fear of the bell falling off. The bell plays two roles the first one is to warn birds that he is about to try and eat them and this doesn't work too well but I think that is more to do with the stupidity of the birds than a fault with the collar. The second is to let us know where Ninja cat is and the bell is loud enough that he jingles as he walks around so we can keep track of his movements. It is also possible to attach a name tag to the bell loop.
Simba has worn the Trixie collar for a few months now and it is starting to look slightly frayed but still has another few months wear in it. I generally like collars to last a year and this one will last this long if it is not lost, a great buy from Zooplus and recommended by me and Simba.
Hole-free adjustable Trixie cat collar with bells and cat pattern with safety clip